Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace

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Upon its first appearance in 1967, this best-selling "secret government report" sparked immediate debate among journalists and scholars with its disturbingly convincing claim: a condition of "permanent peace" at the end of the Cold War would threaten our nation's economic and social stability. Although finally identified as an antimilitarist hoax by writer/editor Leonard Lewin, who conceived and launched the book with a consortium of peace movement intellectuals including future Nation editors Victor Navasky and ...
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Overview

Upon its first appearance in 1967, this best-selling "secret government report" sparked immediate debate among journalists and scholars with its disturbingly convincing claim: a condition of "permanent peace" at the end of the Cold War would threaten our nation's economic and social stability. Although finally identified as an antimilitarist hoax by writer/editor Leonard Lewin, who conceived and launched the book with a consortium of peace movement intellectuals including future Nation editors Victor Navasky and Richard Lingeman, novelist E. L. Doctorow, and economist John Kenneth Galbraith, Iron Mountain would eventually take on a life of its own. Long out of print, the Report suddenly reappeared in "bootleg" editions more than twenty years after the original publication. In a manner never foreseen by the book's creators, it was now being read as a "bible" by the militias of the radical right - a bizarre reversal that returns this haunting satire to the spotlight and raises uncomfortable questions about the changing nature of today's political culture.
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When this was first published in 1967, Kirkus's reviewer wrote, "If it is a fraud, it is a clever one . . . if not, it is a chilling case for the necessity of war as policymakers see it . . . and will provide magnificent fodder for radicals et al." Well, this controversial volume did turn out to be a fraud (Lewin's fellow hoaxster Victor Navasky, in his introduction, prefers to call it a satire), and it did provide fodder for radicals—not radicals of the left, as expected, but radicals of the right. This supposedly censored government report, to the effect that the US economy is geared to war and thus peace would be disastrous, seems to feed the loony paranoia that infects the Liberty Lobby, the Michigan Militia, and their cohorts. So why is the Free Press reissuing it? Is it to keep the right-wingers from continuing their unlicensed reproduction of the text and earn royalties for those who deserve them? Is it an indulgent remembrance of youthful journalistic escapades past? (Navasky makes it clear he hasn't lost his puerile glee in putting one over on the New York Times).

It's hard to know who will have the last laugh with this one.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684823904
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/1996
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword 1
Background Information 9
Statement by "John Doe" 21
The Report of the Special Study Group 23
Letter of Transmittal 25
Introduction 27
Sect. 1 Scope of Study 31
Sect. 2 Disarmament and the Economy 37
Sect. 3 Disarmament Scenarios 43
Sect. 4 War and Peace as Social Systems 47
Sect. 5 The Functions of War 51
Sect. 6 Substitutes for the Functions of War 73
Sect. 7 Summary and Conclusions 93
Sect. 8 Recommendations 107
Notes 113
Afterword by the Author 119
Appendixes: "The Iron Mountain Affair"
Appendix 1 125
Appendix 2 129
Appendix 3 134
Appendix 4 from U.S. News and World Report 137
Appendix 5 140
Appendix 6 144
Appendix 7 148
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